Healthy, French, Home-cooking, always fresh, (almost) no cream required!
This is about simple cooking for my kids away from home, family and friends and friends of friends. Not quite recipes, just inspiration.Often, no exact quantities, certainly no scientific potions, but a bit of magic and lots of love! and you could always ask for more details.
Share my love of cooking, enjoy the Pacific West Coast bounty and help me pass along the French Heritage from my Grand-mothers and my Dad who taught me.
Salt and PepperEven when I don't say so, use Baleine sea-salt and fresh ground pepper from your Peugeot pepper mill, goes without saying!
Category Archives: Soup
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Bouillabaisse used to be the soup of the poor in the port of Marseille. You simmered the bony rock fish abundant in the Calanques in a vegetable broth and added better fish according to your budget. It means boiling on … Continue reading
Saturday, I picked wild white chanterelles in the pouring rain and tonight the forecast is warning against frost. The Indian Fall is not that hot this year and I am making mushroom soup to warm up. The best way to … Continue reading
Months including an “R” is the best time to eat shell fish, the saying goes. This is not only a safety recommendation, the hot months have no “R”, but also a matter of taste. The colder the water, the better … Continue reading
This is probably the best comfort food on a cold day, a great way to stave off the anxiety of a looming dark and stormy night, and assurance to bring rosy cheeks and smiles to all. Most of the time, … Continue reading
I bought a pumpkin at Dan’s Farm that may be what you are looking for. It is a French pumpkin – here is some info from a website that sells the seeds: “The Pumpkin French Cinderella, ‘Cucurbita maxima’, is a … Continue reading
This is a pressure cooker recipe if you have one, otherwise a Le Creuset large stock pot will be more than fine, so long as you are patient (double the times). I always break in half and freeze … Continue reading
Gardeners, this is for you. The home-grown garlic is ready to be picked and for this soup, the fresher, the better. My father-twice-in law Hugh just sent beautiful heads of garlic from his sunny Vancouver garden and I peeled 12 … Continue reading
This is a light soup, no cream! Local cauliflower is at every vegetable stand right now, it is a good time to enjoy it really fresh. This recipe is one of the most simple soups to make and is a … Continue reading
This is the recipe from Bistrot le Paradou in the village of Paradou near Fontvieille in Provence. They shared the ingredients but did not give any details on the how to, so I am going to give some explanations based … Continue reading
This recipe and pictures were sent by Penny Pierce from Lakefield Ontario. The vegetables are from her own garden. Here is what she did: “I used one green zucchini (this light green variety is nice and buttery) and the yellow … Continue reading
I was given two small home-grown cucumbers by Carling today, the dark green coarse skin garden kind which is so tasty. Perfect for a refreshing chilled soup. I peeled them, cut them in quarters lengthwise, removed the seeds and put … Continue reading
It is so hot in Spain in the summer that it is almost impossible to eat solid food at lunch time. The best thing to do is to have a refreshing Gaspacho before the siesta, a light tasty cold soup … Continue reading
This is a cold soup with a light green colour, nothing to compare with traditional Royal Navy style pea soup, more like a contemporary designer pastel…The taste is also completely different because there are no split peas in it, but … Continue reading
This is very refreshing on a hot summer lunch, like today. We have not really had many yet here in Victoria, BC. this year. Start by rubbing a split garlic clove at the bottom of a small pot, then turn … Continue reading
No one is sick but I don’t like freezing much, so after the duck, comes the soup. I still had both carcasses, the wings, and necks so I cooked them in the pressure cooker with a clove garlic … Continue reading
White turnips are not bitter like other turnips, they are very tasty and have a wonderful smooth texture once cooked. They make a very elegant soup as the color is a soft creamy white. What you do: First cut off … Continue reading